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What are they going to think?

The question that plagues many people especially Americans it seems. It is a corrosive thread that I recently discovered ran through the years of my life. I could be driving a Ferrari or an old jalopy down the street and be thinking “What are they going to think?” It affects virtually everyone and leads us to spend billions every year on how we look. It affects the rich and the poor, the attractive and unattractive It makes some of us spend hours in the mirror fixing that last detail. It leads to the teenager missing school when their face breaks out. It keeps you quiet in an elevator and from having fun at a party. It keeps you from celebrating to loudly when you just received great news. It keeps boys from asking the girl of their dreams out. “What are they going to think?” Everyone experiences it at some level, some are paralyzed by it. It is a thief that robs and steals from us and limits our lives. It is everywhere we come across others. We ask the question about all of the people we know and come in contact with. We are on guard and must pay attention to all of these different voices.

For the Christian it comes to church. Afraid to pray out loud, raise their hands in a service or even sing. Preoccupied with the thought “What are they going to think?”
Tell someone about Jesus. What are they going to think?
What is it called? It is called the fear of man.
For Christians it is in essence the worship of man. More concerned with what man thinks then with what God thinks. Every time we compromise and ignore what the Holy Spirit is telling us to do, we place man above God. Proverbs 29:25 says the fear of man brings a snare or a trap. The Bible says the way to dispel the fear of man is to learn the Fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:7 says the Fear of the Lord brings knowledge. When we Fear the Lord we only have one voice to listen to not everyone we meet. When you fear the Lord you start playing for the coach instead of the crowd. When you Fear the Lord you will share your faith because you no longer are concerned with “What are they going to think?”

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Does our sense of right and wrong have any meaning?

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Right and Wrong, Just and Unjust

To bring the undeniable knowledge of right and wrong to the forefront of your mind, please read the following list and sincerely consider the injustice in our world. If you have experienced injustice in your own life, bring that to mind also. Many innocent people died on 9/11. Some get HIV AIDS from a blood transfusion. Millions of innocent people have died in wars. Some kill others, claiming God’s approval. Innocent children are kidnapped and killed. Others are randomly murdered. Adults sex-ually abuse innocent children. Over 30,000 children die every day of hunger and preventable diseases, 24 every minute. Wrongfully accused people are in prison right now. Simply professing to trust Jesus in strict Muslim countries can lead to imprisonment, torture and death. Some are wealthy beyond belief simply because of their family. Some are rich from crime. Many work hard and are still poor.

If the items listed stir your conscience, it is because you know they are unfair and unjust. The question is, does this profound sense of injustice that you experience when you review these facts have any meaning, or is this inner sense simply a worthless illusion? Philosopher Immanuel Kant, in the following moral argument for God’s existence, concluded that if this inborn sense of right and wrong, just and unjust has any meaning at all, the following must exist:

1. There must be justice. Since there is not justice in this life, there must be life after death.

2. For justice, there must be a judgment.

3. For perfect judgment, a perfect moral judge must exist.

4. The judge must have all knowledge, so he cannot make an error in judgment.

5. The judge must be all powerful, so he can carry out any punishment he imposes on the guilty. Kant’s conclusion points to the God of the Bible without using the Bible and further confirms the necessity of God’s existence.

 

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Contempt prior to investigation?

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Since we determined that truth is important to you, I believe you really want to know if the facts say God exists and the Bible is true, once and for all. To do so, you must be willing to consider the evidence in an honest and impartial manner. When it comes to God, many practice “contempt prior to investigation.” This has nothing to do with the evidence or the truth of the subject at hand. It’s about rejecting something based upon emotions or as an act of the will, prior to an honest and impartial examination of the facts.

 

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” Herbert Spencer a 19th century philosopher adapted from and earlier quote from William Paley an 18th century British theologian In A View of the Evidences of Christianity , 1794, popular phrase in AA.

To make an impartial decision, you need to set aside any thoughts of how God may have let you down, how a Christian may have hurt you or any negative feelings about church. If you were forced to go to church as a kid and are using this as an excuse to reject God, you are allowing those who controlled you then, to control you now, by using their errors as an excuse to ignore the facts. If your life is a disaster and every Christian you have ever met failed in your eyes, it does not prove the Bible and Jesus are false. You also need to understand that Christians do not claim to be Jesus and thus perfect, we claim to need Jesus because we recognize our imperfections.

As you consider the evidence, your goal is to see if it’s convincing beyond a reasonable doubt. A reasonable doubt is based on reason and common sense after an impartial examination of all the evidence in the case. Very little in life is convincing beyond all possible doubt including the evidence you are about to view. The truth is, if we lived our lives requiring proof beyond all possible doubt before making decisions, we would remain paralyzed in bed. There is no guarantee our car won’t crash, our food isn’t contaminated or our neighbor isn’t going to shoot us. Even in the most conclusive cases offering the best evidence, jurors often walk away with a measure of doubt regarding their decision. 

Contempt prior to investigation and wanting proof beyond all possible doubt are really about our will and desire to ignore the truth and do as we want, answering to no one. In interviewing a young man named Sly who claimed to be an atheist, I found he had no evidence to support his atheism. This is common for most atheists I’ve met, but since they are claiming to know that God does not exist, they need to back it up. I like to point out to atheists like Sly that our best minds admit mankind knows far less than ten percent of all knowledge in the universe. So if a person is reasonable, they must admit that God could exist in the 90 percent we know nothing about. Three times in our conversation Sly got honest and said, “I just don’t want there to be a God.” To which I replied, “So what, if it’s true, what you want won’t matter.” With Sly’s attitude do you think he would look at the evidence impartially or look for ways to continue to justify his choices?  If you have thoughts like Sly you must understand, ignoring the truth won’t make it go away. The best thing we can do is face the truth now so we won’t collide with its consequences in eternity.

 

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.” Elvis Presley. www.thinkexist.com+

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Is truth important to you?

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Is Truth Important to You?

* If you were dying of a deadly but curable disease,

would you want the right medication to survive?

* Would you want to know the truth about the risks

before investing your life savings?

* Do you want your family and friends to tell you the

truth once in a while, or all of the time?

* If you were charged with a murder you did not

commit, would you want the truth to come out?

If you want truth in these areas, it appears truth really is important to you. So what’s on the other side of death? If God exists and your destination after physical death is based on the choices you make in this life, would the truth about eternity be important?

What is Objective Truth?

* Relates to the object referred to.

* Corresponds with reality.

* Telling it like it is.

* Something that is true even if no one believes it.

* Jesus and the Bible claim to be objective truths.

“Truth is true—even if no one knows it. Truth is true—even if no one admits it. Truth is true—even if no one agrees what it is. Truth is true—even if no one follows it. Truth is true—even if no one but God grasps it fully.” Paul Copan,Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, author, True For You But Not For Me.

What is The Law of Non-Contradiction?

It is our built in lie detector to help us find truth. The law of non-contradiction is a fundamental principle of thought that clearly tells us opposite ideas cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense. For example – the Earth is flat vs. the Earth is round. This law is self-evident and undeniable. Knowledge of this law is crucial to understanding that truth does exist and its opposite is always false.

It’s true that you are reading this book right now. You are the object in this statement. So it’s true for everybody, everywhere that you are reading this book right now. It’s a contradiction or false that you are not reading it. Since it’s true Washington D.C. is the capitol of the United States of America, any other belief, even the next closest city geographically, is contradictory and false. You have particular first and last names that are true, while any other names are false. We all took multiple choice tests in school; one answer was true while the rest were false, no matter how close to the truth they came. Truth is always narrow and exclusive, excluding its opposites.

Contradictions in a statement render the claim false. For example – “I have a gift for you and a list of work you need to do to get it.” You know right away that my statement does not make sense because a gift that requires work is not a gift. Some have said to me “truth does not exist” but in doing so, they claim it is true, that truth does not exist. Both of these statements are contradictory and thus false.

Conclusion – Truth exists, it’s important and its contradictions are always false.

What is The Best Way to Find Truth?

I am sure you will agree, a person can stumble into truth. We all guessed correctly on a few school tests. But guessing or hoping to find the truth by mere accident is obviously not the best way to make an important decision. The following are three popular ways people use to come to a conclusion that something is true. Which one would you pick to make a decision where truth is vital?

1. Feelings – it feels right, gives me purpose, hope

    and peace of mind, so I believe it’s the truth.

2. Family or someone I trust believes it, so I do.

3. Evidence, consistency, best fits the evidence.

Approximately 95 percent of the hundreds of people I have asked this specific question pick the third option right away. But a strange thing happens when I ask the same people if they believe in God. Now the same people who just told me truth was very important and evidence was the best way to find it, suddenly say their beliefs about God are not founded on the evidence, but on feelings or on what someone else believes. Therefore it’s quite probable that your current belief about God is not based on evidence either. The problem is that there are sincere followers in every belief, who claim to have found the truth. So is one belief correct and the only way to God or do all roads lead to heaven? Does God exist at all? If we base our search solely on subjective evidence like feelings and personal experience, it’s confusing because every belief has followers that will attest to both. If we decide to believe something because someone else does, how do we know for sure they have found the truth? Did they examine the evidence or are they just following their feelings or a crowd?

The only legitimate way to be reasonably sure our faith is placed in the truth is to examine the objective evidence ourselves, like we would with any major decisions. Objective evidence can be examined by everyone and does not change due to emotions, fee-lings or personal experience. An example of objective evidence would be scientific and historical facts.

I am not suggesting that you completely ignore your feelings as they can be helpful when you have verifiable facts and more than one solid option. So keep your feelings handy, but I urge you to not place them above the facts. Finding the truth about God is very important since every belief includes views about salvation and eternity. Making a wise decision based on the objective evidence is only sensible.

Conclusion – The best way to discover truth is by examining the objective evidence.

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Is the New Testament Accurate

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Yes, according to most Biblical scholars. In the Baker Encyclopedia of Apologetics, Bruce Metzger a highly recognized scholar, is quoted as estimating the New Testament we have today as 99.5 percent accurate.
 
There are approximately 5,600 Greek handwritten manuscripts (MS), which is the original language of the New Testament. In total there are more than 25,000 full or partial manuscripts in several languages. Due to the enormous number of texts, scholars can compare one to another and determine what the originals said. The texts have what scholars call variants, small variations, due to word placement like Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus, spelling, proper nouns and the like. These are not errors they are just variations in the text. Because there are more than 25,000 manuscripts, there are an estimated 400,000 variants. Here are two simulated verses that vary in five places, thus five variants:
 
Jesus Christ died for our sin and rose again.
Christ Jesus died fr your sins and arose.
          1                 2     3     4              5
The actual texts have nowhere near this number per line. If 1,000 manuscripts had 100 spelling errors each, that would equal 100,000 variants. This demonstrates why the estimated 400,000 variants discovered in the manuscripts are not that significant. Notice how even in a short verse with several variants, we can still determine what the verse says. Just think if you had 1,000 MS with the same verse, do you think you could figure out what it says? According to Biblical scholars, inconsequential variants like these alter no meaning and account for 99 percent of the total. Only one percent are of any consequence and they do not affect Christian doctrine. Ironically, God’s plan for man to disperse thousands of hand-written manuscripts in the ancient world protected it from alteration better than if one person had the original and could change it.
 
‘While the New Testament documents do not survive or have not yet been found, we have abundant and accurate copies of the original New Testament documents – many more than for the ten best pieces of ancient literature combined. Moreover, nearly perfect reconstruction of the originals can be accomplished by comparing the thousands of manuscript copies that do survive. We have discovered manuscript fragments from the second century as early as the mid first century. There are no works from the ancient world that even come close to the New Testament in terms of manuscript support. Turek and Geisler, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, page 248.
 
“Non-believers are concerned that our New Testament Scriptures cannot be trusted, but they’ve come to this concern without examining the evidence. As Christians, we KNOW that we have the most reliable and attested ancient documents. You can trust that, if nothing else, we have today what the ancients had to begin with.” Detective Jim Wallace, former atheist. www. pleaseconvinceme.com
In addition to all of the Manuscripts, there are more than 36,000 quotes of New Testament scriptures by the early Church Fathers. All but 11 New Testament verses are quoted, allowing for virtually 100 percent reconstruction of the New Testament.
 
Many critics claim the Bible cannot be accurate or true because it was written by men and men make mistakes. But men write accurate and truthful books all of the time. Look at a dictionary or encyclopedia. The Bible says all scripture is inspired by God, so just like you use a pen as an instrument to write a letter, God used man as an instrument to record His Word.
 
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
2 Tim. 3:16
 
Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes
from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as
they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.2 Peter 1:20-21
 
“The interval between the dates of original composition (of the N.T.) and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible and the foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed; both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the N.T. may be regarded as firmly established.” Sir Frederic Kenyon, Director, principal librarian of the British museum, foremost expert on ancient manuscripts.
 
“The science of textual criticism is used to test all documents of
antiquity–not just religious texts–including historical and literary writings. It’s not a theological enterprise based on haphazard hopes and guesses; it’s a linguistic exercise that follows a set of established rules. Textual criticism allows an alert critic to determine the extent of possible corruption of any work.” Greg Koukel, Host of, Stand to Reason Radio program since 1990, L.A. CA. www. str.org

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Gravity True For You But Not For Me – Evidence for Gods existence and identity

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